Simon Tolkien was born in England in 1959 and grew up in a small village near Oxford. His grandfather was J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of The Rings.He studied Modern History at Trinity College, Oxford and then went on to become a successful barrister specializing in criminal justice where according to British custom he appeared on behalf of both the prosecution and the defense. He now lives with his wife and two children in Southern California.

Simon’s first novel, Final Witness, was published by Random House in 2002 and has been translated into eight languages. His second novel, The Inheritance, was published by Minotaur Books in April 2010 and was followed by The King of Diamonds a year later. All Simon's novels are published by Harpercollins in the UK. Although he has always admired his grandfather’s books, Simon’s own writing draws more heavily from his experiences as a trial lawyer and his abiding interest in modern European history and the Second World War in particular.


One for the Old Bailey - The St. Louis Post Dispatch, USA. 30/03/03.

Tolkien Says He's Finally Left Grandfather's Shadow - Reuters News Interview by Mark Egan

Festival In The Shire Interviewed by Alex Lewis.

The Bookserf Interview with Bill Eichenberger.

LA Times The Sunday Conversation: Simon Tolkien in conversation with Irene Lacher

WAMC Radio Interview | Author Magazine


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